Powers Boothe
Boothe in 2005
Powers Allen Boothe

(1948-06-01)June 1, 1948
DiedMay 14, 2017(2017-05-14) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1977–2016
Pamela Cole
(m. 1969)

Powers Allen Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017) was an American actor known for his commanding character actor roles on film and television. He received a Primetime Emmy Award and nominations for two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

He won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980). He also played saloon owner Cy Tolliver on Deadwood from 2004 to 2006, President Noah Daniels on 24 in 2007, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville from 2012 to 2014. He also appeared in the western limited series Hatfields & McCoys (2012).

He is also known for his performances as "Curly Bill" Brocius in the western Tombstone (1993) and Alexander Haig in historical drama Nixon (1995). Other notable film roles include Cruising (1980), Red Dawn (1984), Blue Sky (1994), Sudden Death (1995), Sin City (2005), and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).

He portrayed Gideon Malick in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's The Avengers (2012), and in the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from 2015 to 2016. He was also the voice of Gorilla Grodd in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

Early life

Boothe, the youngest of three boys, was born June 1, 1948, at home on a cotton farm in Snyder, Texas, to Merrill Vestal Boothe, a rancher, and his wife Emily (née Reeves) Boothe. His father named him after his best friend, who had been killed in World War II.[1]

Boothe attended Snyder High School, where he played football and appeared in school plays. He was the first in his family to go beyond high school, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drama from Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas.[2][3]


After graduating from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Boothe joined the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with roles in Henry IV, Part 2 (portraying Henry IV of England), Troilus and Cressida, and others. His New York City stage debut was in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III. Five years later, his Broadway theater debut came in a starring role in the one-act play Lone Star, written by James McLure.[citation needed]

Boothe first came to national attention in 1980, playing Jim Jones in the CBS TV film Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe's portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. In Time's story on the production, Boothe was praised: "There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones." Boothe won the Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. As the Screen Actors Guild were on strike in the fall of 1980, he was the only actor to cross picket lines to attend the ceremonies and accept his award, saying at the time, "This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest."[4]

Boothe portrayed Philip Marlowe in a TV series based on Raymond Chandler's short stories for HBO in the 1980s. He appeared in such films as Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest, Rapid Fire and Extreme Prejudice, as well as the HBO films Into the Homeland and By Dawn's Early Light. In 1989, Boothe appeared in the Mosfilm production of "Stalingrad", in which he played the role of General Chuikov, commander of the Soviet 62nd Army. Additionally, he appeared in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family of Spies, in which he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker. Boothe portrayed Curly Bill Brocius in the hit 1993 Western Tombstone, the disloyal senior Army officer in Blue Sky (opposite Jessica Lange's Oscar-winning performance), and the sinister lead terrorist in Sudden Death. He was also part of the large ensemble casts for Oliver Stone's Nixon (as Chief of Staff Alexander Haig) and U Turn (as the town sheriff).

In 2001, he starred as Flavius Aëtius, the Roman general in charge of stopping the Hun invasion in the made-for-TV miniseries Attila. Boothe played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood, and the corrupt senator Ethan Roark in the motion picture Sin City (2005), as well as its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). He is the voice of one of the characters in the 2005 video game Area 51 and of Gorilla Grodd, the hyper-intelligent telepathic supervillain in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He voiced the villain, Kane, in the 2008 video game Turok.

He was a special guest star on 24, where he played Vice President Noah Daniels. He returned in the prequel to the seventh season, 24: Redemption. Just after taking the role as acting President, Boothe is seen exiting Air Force Two with F-15s in the background. Boothe played a downed F-15 pilot in Red Dawn. In March 2008, he narrated a television campaign ad for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign.[5]

In 2012, Boothe appeared in Joss Whedon's The Avengers as Gideon Malick, a shadowy governmental superior to S.H.I.E.L.D. From 2015 to 16, he reprised the role in the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[6]

Boothe appeared in the 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys as Judge Valentine "Wall" Hatfield. Boothe was also cast as Lamar Wyatt in the ABC musical drama series Nashville.[7] Boothe also lent his voice to Hitman: Absolution, a 2012 video game developed by IO Interactive, voicing the character of Benjamin Travis.

Personal life

Boothe married his college sweetheart Pam Cole in 1969 and they remained married until his death.[8] They had two children, Parisse and Preston.[9]


Boothe died in Los Angeles, on the morning of May 14, 2017, from the effects of pancreatic cancer.[10][11][12]

He was buried in Deadwood Cemetery in rural Deadwood, located in Panola County east of Carthage in east Texas.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Goodbye Girl Richard III Cast
1980 Cruising Hankie Salesman
The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)
1981 Southern Comfort Corporal Charles Hardin
1984 A Breed Apart Mike Walker
Red Dawn Lt. Col. Andrew "Andy" Tanner
1985 The Emerald Forest Bill Markham
1987 Extreme Prejudice Cash Bailey
1988 Sapphire Man Ryan Short film
1989 Stalingrad General Vasily Chuikov
1992 Rapid Fire Lieutenant Mace Ryan
1993 Tombstone Bill "Curly Bill" Brocius
Angely smerti
1994 Blue Sky Colonel Vince Johnson
1995 Mutant Species Frost
Sudden Death Joshua Foss
Nixon Alexander Haig
1997 Con Air Officer at leaving ceremony Voice; uncredited
U Turn Sheriff Virgil Potter
2000 Men of Honor Captain Pullman
2001 Frailty FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
2005 Sin City Senator Ethan Roark
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Lex Luthor Voice; direct-to-video[13]
2007 The Final Season Jim Van Scoyoc
2008 Nick Nolte: No Exit Himself Documentary
Edison and Leo George T. Edison Voice[13]
2010 MacGruber Colonel Jim Faith
2012 The Avengers Gideon Malick Credited as "World Security Council"
Guns, Girls and Gambling The Rancher
2013 Straight A's Father
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Senator Ethan Roark


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Skag Whalen 6 episodes
The Plutonium Incident Dick Hawkins Television film
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jim Jones
A Cry For Love Tony Bonnell
1983–1986 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Philip Marlowe 11 episodes
1987 Into the Homeland Jackson Swallow Television film
1990 Family of Spies John A. Walker Jr. 2 episodes
By Dawn's Early Light Major Cassidy Television film
1992 Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas The Narrator Voice; documentary
Wild Card Preacher Television film
1993 Marked for Murder Mace "Sandman" Moutron
1994 Web of Deception Dr. Philip Benesch
1996 Dalva Sam
1997 True Women Bartlett McClure
1998 The Spree Detective Bram Hatcher
1999 Joan of Arc Jacques d'Arc 3 episodes
A Crime of Passion Dr. Ben Pierce Television film
2001 Attila General Flavius Aetius 2 episodes
2002–2003 Justice League Gorilla Grodd Voice; 4 episodes[13]
2003 Second Nature Kelton Reed Television film
2004–2006 Deadwood Cyrus Tolliver 34 episodes
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Gorilla Grodd Voice; 5 episodes[13]
2006 National Geographic: Lions v. Hyenas The Narrator Voice; documentary
2007 24 Vice President Noah Daniels 14 episodes
2008 24: Redemption President Noah Daniels Television film
2009 Ben 10: Alien Force Sunder Voice; episode: "Singlehanded"
2010 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Voice; episode: "The Transmogrification of Eunice"
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dead Justice Voice; episode: "Dead Justice"
The Looney Tunes Show Leslie Hunt Voice; 2 episodes[13]
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Judge Valentine "Wall" Hatfield 3 episodes
2012–2014 Nashville Lamar Wyatt 26 episodes
2015–2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gideon Malick 11 episodes
2015 Moonbeam City Eo Jaxxon Voice; episode: "Glitzotrene: One Town's Seduction"


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Pvt. Wars Natwick Broadway debut
Lone Star Roy Century Theatre, Broadway

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Area 51 Major Bridges Voice[13]
2008 Turok Roland Kane Voice
2010 Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction Sunder Voice[13]
2012 Hitman: Absolution Benjamin Travis Voice[13]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Project Result
1980 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Won
1983 CableACE Award Best Actor in a Dramatic Presentation Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Nominated
1987 Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Into the Homeland Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nixon Nominated
2007 Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Deadwood Nominated
2012 Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nashville Nominated


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  2. ^ Victor, Daniel (May 17, 2017). "Actor Powers Boothe, 68, known for 'Deadwood' and other dark roles". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Bethel, Brian (May 15, 2017). "Actor Powers Boothe, Snyder native, dies". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Wells, Jane (December 13, 2007). "Writers' Strike: Any One Gonna Cross Picket Line To Get A GG?". CNBC. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS Blog: The Dallas Morning News". Trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com. March 28, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Strom, Marc (October 15, 2015). "'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Adds Powers Boothe". Marvel.com. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich, Fall TV First Impression: ABC's Nashville Sings, TVLine, August 14, 2012
  8. ^ "Powers Boothe Obituary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Powers Boothe Reflects on Texas Upbringing, Life in Nashville". americanprofile.com. September 16, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Powers Boothe Died of Heart Attack Due to Pancreatic Cancer, According to Death Certificate". TMZ.com. May 30, 2017. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly; Rahman, Abid (May 14, 2017). "Powers Boothe, 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Sin City' Actor, Dies at 68". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "Powers Boothe, Emmy-Winning Character Actor, Dead at 68". The Wrap. May 14, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Powers Boothe (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved October 1, 2023. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.